As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, you may find yourself as the subject of discrimination.
This can often be a strain on your mental health.
You may have experienced homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, or faced social exclusion because of your gender or sexuality. Others may be worried about 'coming out' and telling family and friends about their sexuality - or may have already had a bad experience around this.
However, it's important to embrace your identity, as this can make you more confident, boost your self-esteem and increase your resilience.
If you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, non-binary, queer, questioning, or identify your sexuality or gender in other ways, you may be more likely to experience mental health problems.
This could include:
Though identifying as LGBTQ+ itself has no bearing on these problems,factors such as homophobic bullying, stigma and social isolation can have a real effect on wellbeing.
If you’re in a mental health crisis and need urgent help, call the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256 and select option 3. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 free from a landline or mobile phone.
Open Minds offers a range of therapies aimed at helping you to deal with the effects of stress, anxiety and depression and should be your first port of call if you’re looking for support. You can self-refer to Open Minds online.
Safespace provides instant support if you’re vulnerable and need assistance with your mental health out-of-hours. You can speak to the team using Zoom or by calling in via telephone, between 5.30pm and 11pm, Monday to Friday.
Stonewall: Stonewall are here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone.
LGBT Foundation: The LGBT Foundation supports the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans.
Mindline Trans +: A support line for people identifying as trans or non-binary.
GALOP: An organisation that supports all LGBT+ people who've experienced hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence
NHS mood self-assessment: This short questionnaire will help you understand how you’re feeling and signpost you to the most appropriate support.
Orcha Apps Library: This library lists thousands of NHS-approved health apps by condition, making it quick and easy for you to find support.
Every Mind Matters: This Public Health England campaign shares hints and tips developed with experts and approved by the NHS.
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: FFLAG supports parents, friends and family members of those who identify as LGBT+